Monday, May 19, 2008

Smokers Rights groups ain't secrets of Big Tobacco

I may be a smoking activist. But I can guarantee you Big Tobacco doesn't pay me to say "Smoking bans hurt businesses and they don't curb underage smoking." I can see for myself bans make businesses close up shop. If smoking bans have curbed underage smoking, I dunno why I've seen teens AND preteens in the hood smoking. Not EVERY bad kid smokes, but lots of em smoke cigs and Js like it's a normal part of our lives.

And technically speaking, it's normal to see an underage bro/sis smoking those. Oh I didn't forget them drinking. But this isn't an alcohol blog.

And I'm sure there are still teens in otha areas of the nation who start smoking 365 days per year. There are probably more teen antismokers. But underage smoking in the US will never go down to zero percent.

Here's the article on antis' view of smoker rights groups.
Smokers Rights Groups are groups that historically were set up secretly behind the scenes by the major tobacco companies to protest clean indoor air laws, higher tobacco taxes and to advocate for tobacco-friendly policies. Smokers Rights Groups (SRGs) were created clandestinely in the U.S. by the major tobacco companies of Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, usually through public relations firms, to produce the appearance of "grass roots" opposition to laws restricting smoking in public places. The U.S. SRG, set up by Philip Morris, was the National Smokers Alliance. European groups had names like HEN-RY, Smokepeace and FOREST (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco).[1][2]

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  1. ª The National Smokers Alliance Exposed: A Report On The Activities Of Philip Morris' #1 Front Group Americans for Nonsmokers' rights. 1999. Updated November 2004
  2. ª A Smokers Alliance Philip Morris. Jul 1, 1993. Presentation. Bates No.2025771934/1995

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